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Oklahoma State University
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Posted: 02/3/2017
Teaching Associate – Mechanized Agriculture

This is a 9-month non-tenure track faculty position with a 100% teaching expectation. The successful candidate will be expected to coordinate and teach mechanized agriculture courses provided through the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department toward students in a variety of programs within and outside the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. In addition, the faculty member's teaching appointment will support the Agricultural Education undergraduate program, resulting in a split appointment between Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering (70%) and the Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership (30%). The mechanized agriculture courses have historically included laboratory and field skills (such as lab management and project construction, agricultural electrification, metals and welding, small engines, surveying, and agricultural structures).

One primary instructional responsibility is to ensure adequate technical skills associated with the certification of agriculture teachers for secondary schools, while also providing a level of knowledge consistent with a university-based education. Development of practical and innovative approaches to achieve those objectives is expected. Mentoring of undergraduate students is expected through potential avenues such as new student orientation, advising a student organization and assisting with research or applied projects in the mechanized agriculture area. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty and staff in the departments associated with the appointment and with other units in the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (DASNR) and the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology. 

Minimum qualifications: Earned master's degree in Biosystems Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Technology Systems, Agricultural Education or a closely related discipline (all requirements for the degree must have been met prior to start date). Candidates must have excellent speaking and writing skills, an ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate level, a desire to enhance curriculum offerings and a desire to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment. Expertise in mechanization techniques, laboratory teaching methods, and Southern Plains production agriculture is desired. Experience with the school-based agricultural education curriculum and teacher certification is preferred. Salary is competitive and commensurate with education, training, and experience. 

Position is available August 1, 2017, or as soon thereafter as an outstanding candidate is available. Continuation of this position is subject to performance and need. Apply online at Applicant materials should contain the following documents: a letter of application (2-page maximum), current resume, collegiate transcripts, and a list of at least three professional references with complete information. Incomplete application materials will not be considered. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 31 2017, and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified. Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Robert Scott Frazier, Search Committee Chair, at (405) 744-5289 or via email at 

For assistance with the on-line application process or to request an accommodation to enable application, contact OSU Human Resources, 106 Whitehurst, Stillwater, OK 74078 or call 405-744-7401.  Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category.

OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.